There are two great, natural treatments for anxiety-related stomach issues:
- Lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages as a calming herb. Take 400 mgs twice daily to prevent your stomach from reacting to your worried thoughts; available in drugstores for about $4.
- You can also try iberogast, available in health food stores for around $20. Iberogast is a blend of plants and herbs, including caraway, chamomile, licorice, milk thistle and peppermint. Adding 20 drops to your water can sooth the receptors in your stomach when anxiety hits.
Take an Integrative Approach to Worry: Focus on the Mind-Body Connection
Conventional medicine views worry on a physiological level; integrative medicine seeks to evaluate the mind, body and spirit in conjunction, looking for imbalances in “energy.”
- Try an anti-anxiety elixir of 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and a half teaspoon of honey, taken 3 times per day. This traditional Indian remedy is thought to balance the body by increasing energy in the digestive system, thereby reducing excess energy in the mind. Additionally, studies show that lemon juice lowers blood pressure by strengthening capillaries and may stimulate weak constitutions. Ginger calms the stomach, while honey controls the blood sugar instability that accompanies worrying.
- When you need to calm down quickly, you can try Escents Stress Relief Aromatherapy Inhaler, available online for around $7. The scents of bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, petitgrain, and jojoba go straight to the amygdala – the brain’s fear and anxiety center – creating an immediate sense of calm and lowering your blood pressure.
Focus on Food
If you’re a chronic worrier, you may be able to find relief in your kitchen. Certain foods contain vitamins, amino acids and complex carbohydrates that have been proven to increase feel-good brain chemicals, calm nerves, and help you get a better night’s sleep. Here, Dr. Oz shows you what to eat, what to avoid, and three sample meals to cure your worry.